Harvey was secondmost expensive US hurricane on record official report says

first_img Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Hurricanes This article is more than 1 year old Harvey caused $125bn in damage in year and killed 68 people in year that saw three enormous hurricane-strength storms Thu 25 Jan 2018 17.53 EST Natural disasters and extreme weather Hurricane Maria Hurricane Harvey Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Joanna Walters and agencies Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It was officially a monster year for deadly US storms in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey the second most expensive hurricane on record and the final costs of Irma and Maria, both human and financial, yet to be added, according to government figures released on Thursday.Hurricane Harvey was Texas’s most deadly in a century, killing 68, and two locations endured 5ft of rain when the tempest made landfall last August, flooding downtown Houston. All but three of the deaths were from freshwater flooding.The storm overall caused an estimated $125bn in damage. That makes it second only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in financial cost. Katrina devastated New Orleans and vast areas of Louisiana and Mississippi and ended up costing $161m, when adjusted for inflation. Share via Email Harvey was second-most expensive US hurricane on record, official report says Global warming made Hurricane Harvey deadly rains three times more likely, research reveals Rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Harvey in Houston, in August.Photograph: David J Phillip/APcenter_img Topics Share on WhatsApp Harvey was the first of three gigantic hurricane-strength storms to hit the United States in 2017. Official tallies on Irma, which hit Florida hard, and Maria, which decimated Puerto Rico, both in September, are still being compiled by the National Hurricane Center, which issued its latest report on Thursday.Hurricane Harvey spawned 57 tornadoes inland and 18 different parts of Texas were deluged with more than 4ft of rain. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for so many people,” said the center’s hurricane specialist Eric Blake, lead author of the report. “I think the flooding in the Houston metropolitan area is really unparalleled.” The government issued a range of estimates for the damage, from $90bn to $160bn, with a midpoint of $125bn.Harvey’s maximum winds on landfall were 133mph, making it a category 5 storm. But the really big numbers in the report were related to the torrential, relentless rain that battered the region. Government meteorologists calculated that much of the Houston metro area experienced a flood with “less than a 1-in-1000 (0.1%) chance of occurring in any given year”. “It is unlikely that the United States has ever seen such a sizeable area of excessive tropical cyclone rainfall totals as it did from Harvey,” the report said. The year was the hottest on record that did not include the El Niño weather pattern, and matched the record year for the most billion-dollar weather events, with climate experts saying global warming is intensifying disasters such as the triple series hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey Read more Share on Twitter Support The Guardian @Joannawalters13 news Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Last modified on Tue 11 Sep 2018 09.31 EDT Shares3737 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Hurricane Irma Reuse this contentlast_img